20 Inspiring Quotes on Courage

While some people appear naturally courageous, most of us are not. Luckily, courage can be built one courageous step at a time.

I hope the following 20 quotes on courage can inspire you a little to start developing your own courage, so you can create a full, rich and meaningful life.

  1. Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the silent voice at the end of the day that says ‘I will try again tomorrow’.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
  2. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney
  3. “You can choose courage, or you can choose comfort, but you cannot choose both.” ~ Brené Brown
  4. “Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. “The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.” ~ Thucydides
  6. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ~ Coco Chanel
  7. “Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  8. “The best way out is always through.” ~ Robert Frost
  9. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~ E.E. Cummings
  10. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” ~ Steve Jobs
  11. “Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” ~ Eddie Rickenbacker
  12. “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” ~ Bruce Lee
  13. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu
  14. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~ Anaïs Nin
  15. “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ William Faulkner
  16. “Fortune always favors the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  17. “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” ~ Maya Angelou
  18. “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” ~ Winston Churchill
  19. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill
  20. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela


Reflection –

Which quote was your favourite?

Do you have any other favourite quotes on courage that are not listed here? If so, feel free to share the best one(s) you have found below in the comments section.


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  • Mike

    Reply Reply April 4, 2021

    Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.
    John Wayne

    • Jane

      Reply Reply April 7, 2021

      Thanks for sharing that quote Mike!

  • Haven Manning

    Reply Reply September 3, 2020

    Hello Jane! The quote:

    “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

    was a great quote for me informative essay that I am writing. Thank you!

    • Jane

      Reply Reply September 12, 2020

      Thanks for sharing Heven! Be well 🙂

  • nina harris

    Reply Reply December 18, 2019

    i read this as a kid, in commentary of a brace race horse, but it rings true even now:

    “courage is that rare coin which returns tenfold to the spendthrift, yet leaves the miser pennyless”
    i dont remember who it was a quote from.:)

    • Jane

      Reply Reply December 19, 2019

      Thanks for sharing Nina – I haven’t heard that one before!

  • Aiden Taylor

    Reply Reply November 17, 2019

    I have a family member that needed to learn the 9th one. It is very true.

    • Jane

      Reply Reply November 17, 2019

      Bless 🙂 And so did I!

  • Hi Jane,
    I like the 9th one – “it takes courage to grow up and become who you are.”

    Thanks for this post!

    • Jane

      Reply Reply April 20, 2019

      Thanks for letting us know!

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